Simply Sweet: Pebernødder 

Christmas in Copenhagen is just magical, everything is lit up and decorated. The markets are filled with people, hot chocolate, glögg (muled wine) and of course cookies! 
My favorite Danish Christmas cookie are pebernødder, which means “pepper cookies”. They’re very similar to gingerbread but without the frosting. 

 This year my mom and I thought we would take on the task of baking our own. They turned out just how I remember them, delicious. 

This recipe is from // NORDIC LIVING & FOOD 
P E B E R N Ø D D E R –


220 g (8 oz) all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground cloves

1/2 tsp ground white pepper

1/2 tsp ground cardamom

1/2 tsp ground ginger

1/2 tsp vanilla powder

1 tsp baking soda

125 g (4.5 oz) sugar

125 g (4.5 oz) butter, soft

1 egg

pinch of salt


Sift the flour and mix it with the spices and sugar. Maybe you can find a small bag where all the spices are already mixed for you.

Add the egg and the soften butter. Use your hands or a stand mixer to mix/knead the dough until it has a uniform consistency.

Divide the dough into four pieces and roll them to four long bars.

Use a knife to cut the bars into small walnut sized pieces. Roll each piece into a small peppernut ball.

 Put the peppernuts on an oven tray lined with parchment/baking paper and bake them at 200 C (400 F) for about 8-10 minutes or until they are nice and golden. The baking time depends on the size of your peppernuts.

 Let the peppernuts cool off and store them in an airtight box or jar.

Hope you like them as much as I do! Merry Christmas everyone! 


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